Joel Fuhrman, M.D. is a board certified physician with over 30 years of medical and nutritional expertise. He stresses the importance of healthy living to reverse type-2 diabetes, usually known as adult onset vs. youth (or insulin-dependent type-1).
Diabetes is a condition that over 20 million people suffer from in the United States. This is 8% of the population. Like many diseases, there a many health complications associated with type-2 diabetes. This is why the prevention and treatment to reverse this type of disease very important to know.
Eight in 10 people with type-2 diabetes are obese! Being overweight puts a person at risk for developing type-2 diabetes because it can lead our bodies to become insulin resistant. The effects of insulin resistance can cause an overweight person to develop diabetes. Excess weight interferes with the body’s ability to produce insulin or the ability to utilize insulin properly. If a person is overweight with diabetes, the body will require more insulin to get the sugar that it needs. Dr. Fuhrman encourages type-2 diabetics to live a healthier lifestyle and have a nutritious diet to lose weight and become well again.
As mentioned by Dr. Fuhrman, below are some major negative consequences associated with type 2 diabetes:
- It is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States
- Diabetes doubles the risk of heart attack and stroke which amounts to about
84% of diabetes-related deaths
- Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness and kidney failure in adults.
- 60-70% of diabetics have some damage to their nervous system
- Type-2 diabetes increases the risk of cancer
These facts should push everyone to start living a healthier, more active lifestyle to avoid the development of this disease or even reverse the disease and avoid its effects.
Dr. Fuhrman suggests a nutritious diet to reverse type-2 diabetes. He says. “The key to diabetes reversal is superior nutrition and exercise.” The diet that Dr. Fuhrman recommends for diabetics is vegetable-based with a high nutrient to calorie ratio.
At risk people should eat lots of greens and beans, other non-starchy vegetables (such as mushrooms, eggplant, tomatoes and onions), raw nuts and seeds, and limited fresh fruit with no sweeteners and avoid all white flour products.
This diet will allow anyone to lose excess weight, which was probably the cause of the diabetes in the first place. Doing this will avoid or diminish the need for medications. Dr. Furhman notes that such medications do not suggest a change in diet or lifestyle and ultimately lead to more weight gain. These medications do not prevent the condition from progressing or causing complications. The diet that Dr. Furhman recommends for type 2 diabetics is filled with micronutrients and phytochemicals that protect and help the body in recovery.
Need proof that this approach is successful? Take a look at a few people who have followed Dr. Furhman’s dietary recommendation and are no longer diabetic!
A few examples:
Charlotte lost half her body weight (133 lbs.) and reversed her diabetes
Calogero lost 100 lbs. in only seven months and reversed his diabetes
Richard was on insulin for 25 years, and was able to stop taking it after just a few weeks of my high-nutrient diet.
The most remarkable thing about these patients is that they aren’t in fact patients of Dr. Fuhrman at all. They have simply read his book, “Eat To Live” and then received further encouragement and information as members of DrFuhrman.com.
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By: Cristina DeOliveira
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